Caring for someone with mesothelioma

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2022 | Asbestos & Mesothelioma

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you know just how difficult this disease can be. It’s often very aggressive, and it often happens as a person reaches a more advanced and fragile age. This means that they need a high level of care.

In some cases, these individuals have to be admitted into care centers. But you may be able to care for your loved ones at home while they get treatment for the disease. What do you need to know about this process?

The greatest troubles will likely be with breathing

With mesothelioma that is in the lungs in the chest cavity, the patient often struggles to breathe properly. Much of the care that you provide may be helping them breathe, doing different breathing exercises, helping them remember to take medication on time and things of this nature.

They may need extensive care for a long time

This isn’t usually the type of thing where someone needs care for a few weeks or a month and then gets better. Since this cancer is aggressive and tends to only get worse, they may need a significant level of care for months or years. This could cost you quite a lot in lost wages and it can be a very stressful time for you emotionally.

You may need to provide day-to-day help

Additionally, they may not just need medical care. They may have trouble with mobility and need help with day-to-day tasks. This is another reason why this is such a difficult type of care to provide because it doesn’t really end.

As you work your way through this process, make sure that you and your other family members also take the time to carefully consider your legal options.